Be careful about what the experts tell you. What sounds complex and clever may have no roots. Wisdom has no cleverness in it. It is pure and simple and when when it is practiced, the results are obvious. – Vimala McClure, Founder of the IAIM
Infant Massage Classes By Appointment Only
Thank you to Avista Mom's Group for having me as one of their featured speakers and presenters this year! You are an amazing group of new mothers ... loved sharing my morning with all of you!
I am a Certified Educator of Infant Massage and teach parents and caregivers how to massage their babies.
Infant Massage is a parent tradition within many ancient cultures that has been re-discovered and adapted to the western world. Research conducted through the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine confirms the importance of a secure environment and nurturingtouch in the healthy growth, development and maturation of children (Tiffany Field, Ph.D.).
Numerous other studies have also shown the many developmental benefits of positive contact as part of baby’s early life. Infant Massage is one of the most natural and pleasant methods of providing this early nurturing contact.
In this new, 2-class series of infant massage training we will build a foundation of listening, connecting, learning, touching, and “reading” our babies cues so that we can better intuit their needs and bond more deeply with them. Your touch will positively affect every one of your infant’s physiological systems (potential colic relief and improved nursing, as well) and you will gain more confidence in how to touch, soothe and massage your baby. Learn relevant history, safe and effective massage strokes for the entire body, how and when to work on baby, and how to adapt yourtechniques as your baby grows into childhood and beyond. I will demo all strokes and techniques on a doll. Dads welcome! You will leave with gifts in your hands and hearts that will truly last a lifetime. PS: in these classes your baby’s crying is normal, and even encouraged. Crying is the natural response to releasing tension in your baby’s body, and I strive to create a safe, welcoming space for anything that comes up. Series is offered 3-4 times a year and space is limited. Sign up early.
Included with your registration:
- instruction manual
- small bottle of high quality massage oil
- access to videos/apps for in class and take home reference
- support from me and the amazing women who taught me this work
Read the Research
In many ways, touch is our first language. Gentle and loving touch can help small babies grow stronger and feel less anxiety. Infants who are touched display more eye contact, smiles and vocalizations. In many hospitals and birth centers, newborns are placed on the mother's chest or abdomen to give them as much skin-to-skin contact as possible. The touch between you and your baby brings you emotionally close — a process known as bonding or attachment. Everything that newborns and infants know about the universe they learn through their physical sensations.
Articles of Interest from Infant Massage USA
Topics such as:
How To Care for Your Baby’s Skin: Articles by Kim Walls
Nurturing Touch Helps Mothers with Post-Partum Depression and Their Infants
Interventions to Support Early Relationships – Infant Massage
Using Infant Massage with Foster Parents
So What is Colic?
Infant Massage Then and Now by Vimala McClure and DeAnna Elliott
Baby Talk by Rachel Rainbolt
Kangaroo Care with Premature Babies
Sensory Deprivation and the Developing Brain
Massage for Infants and Children on the Autism Spectrum
Infant Massage in the NICU (Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit)
No Matter How Small – Premature Babies
The Growing Child – Suggestions from the International Association of Infant Massage
A wellspring of excellent articles citing scientific, evidence-based positive impacts of infant massage for babies, parents and cultures.
• High pitch
• Sing-song (up and down) smooth flow, rhythmic nature
• Soft edges, breathy starts and stops
• Focus on concrete words ("cookie" rather than "liberty")
• Short sentences with simple grammar ("What a pretty dolly!")
• Repetition ("Birdie! See the birdie! Did you see the birdie?")
• Expansion of the child's utterance ("Dada goed? Yes, Daddy went to work.")
• Reference to the environment (e.g., Pointing to a cookie when saying, "Do you want a cookie?")
• Visually exaggerated
• Close proximity
Note: We don't consciously know why we lean in to speak to a baby but following our innate wisdom usually steers us right. A newborn can only see 6- 12" (the distance from breast to mother's face). Research has taught us that baby talk maps the brain for speech. It does this in several ways. First, when you speak Parentese you are tuning into the frequency of babies. Research has shown us that when listening to Parentese their brains fire like crazy compared to listening to adult speak. Research has also shown us that if two adults are on opposite sides of an infant and one is speaking Parentese while one is speaking adult speak, the infant will turn toward the adult speaking Parentese every time. READ FULL ARTICLE